Category Archives: Family Photography

I’m sure I’ve said it in every blog previously, but having the opportunity to continue to work with folks is seriously the best thing about doing photography as a business. First of all, it’s a huge honor being trusted with the pictures year after year, whether it’s family pictures, seniors, babies, etc. The Carrells have…

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I’m always a fan of seeing what kind of session we might have with our fairground mini sessions every year. This one was a family session, but the majority of the pictures were going to be of an 8-month old. Being close to Liam’s age (our baby), this was especially fun to work with a…

LOVE this time of year! The fair is here, which means shake-ups and elephant ears, oddly enough, as I write this blog, I have yet to enjoy the sweet taste of an elephant ear! It’s also the second year of our fairground mini sessions. This is something we introduced last year and it was a…

No, I’m not throwing out a range of months out there because I do not know how old Finn is, if I didn’t, then I’m in trouble because he was born just a few days before our boy, Liam! I titled this blog 6-9 month because this is the next section in a baby’s first…

I had the opportunity of working with the Siegrist family last year during our Fair Mini Session! This was such a fun time. So going into this session, I was excited for another opportunity to work with these kids. It’s crazy, after just shy of a year, they seem like they’ve grown so much! I’m…

Continuing on with our mini sessions, we did a Mommy & Me style session with Brittney and her daughter. The day was perfect for pictures as the shaded area of the Trek Trail in Effingham provided some great scenery for the pictures. One thing I love doing during sessions when kids are involved is to…

With our mini sessions underway, I had the opportunity of working with Taylor again as she and her sisters did family pictures together, just the three of them. Having already worked with her once, it was great having the chance to do so again and to meet her family, because the day of the wedding, it’ll…

I’ve said it before, I’m sure numerous times, but it’s so true, it’s always an honor to be asked to continue to do pictures for the different stages in life. Most of what we do, obviously, are weddings. But after the wedding day can eventually lead to a family, and I’m beyond thankful that we…

When I received a message from Emily in regards to doing Owen’s newborn pictures I was so excited. While we’ve not worked specifically with her in the past, she’s been a part of a couple weddings that we’ve had the honor of photographing, so it was definitely exciting to have an opportunity to work with…

The great thing about photographing larger families is capturing the personality of each person in the family. Being a family of six, there’s plenty of personality. Everything from the large group to photos of each individual. There was a wide spectrum of ages in the kids too, so that really made it fun photographing them….

Any session that comes from a referral is always fantastic! Word of mouth referrals aren’t only the most reliable form of advertising, but it’s a form of referral that I’m so appreciative of. Marissa, our assistant for weddings, contacted me and let me know she referred me to her teacher. I’m thrilled we had the opportunity…

Anytime we get a fun backdrop to work with, I’m all for it. Sometimes it’s a unique location in the city, sometimes it’s the family farm. In this case, it was the farm. I not only love what farms have to offer in terms of backdrops, but I love the family farms because its special…

It’s always great working with people I’ve worked with in the past, but a month later? Even better! The end of September I photographed Amy and Jaron’s wedding, and then a month later I was photographing Jaron’s family pictures. It’s kind of deja vu feeling seeing faces I just saw and photographing them, I kind…

It’s that time of year when families are reaching out for pictures. Can you blame them? The temperature is perfect, the fall colors are here, and the holidays are just around the corner! This family session takes us to Vandalia, IL. I grew up just down the road in Ramsey and the session took place…

I remember talking with Brianne and Daniel some months ago about the possibility of doing maternity pictures. It was quite a fun situation. Natasha and I were at the store when we bumped into Brianne and Daniel. We talked for a bit and eventually got to talking about new things in our lives, to which…

I just love when we can photograph families with small kids, because every year we do their pictures, we’re able to see how the kid(s) grows, and see what their personalities are going to be like year after year. Carrells are one such family that we have the honor to photograph every year. Just like the…

Our fair mini sessions were such a blast, and pictures with the Slavens’ and their pup was exactly that! However, it did create a bit of a challenge to do pictures. Kids have a tough time focusing on the camera as it is, but having their parents there telling them to look at the camera…

Last year I had the idea of offering sessions at the fairgrounds, however, this idea came in the middle of fair week. So this year when fair season was approaching, I started pushing out the idea to see how well it would be received. We booked quite a few sessions at the fair, at least…

I love it when a small crew arrives for family pictures. With the Haslett’s there were 5 of them and they were such a great family to photograph. We did pictures out at Lake Sara in Effingham, IL with them, and upon arrival I had full intentions of shooting at a particular location, but as…

When the weather is perfect for family pictures, and you have a family full of great smiles, you have a recipe for some amazing family pictures. Burrow’s session was such a fun session with a great location to work in at Ballard Nature Center. Typically my sessions are in the evening, and to work with…

It’s been a while since I’ve been out to Lake Sara for pictures, in fact I think it’s just about been a year now, and last time I was there, the entrances were flooded because we were getting record inches in rainfall. Fortunately, that was not the case on this day. It was a warm…

Family sessions with little kids are so much fun, and it hit me the other day that I enjoy them so much because they are very much like weddings; unpredictable and always keeping me on my toes. After a weekend of family sessions we had kids that were running all over, kids that were quiet…

There are some families that you know just enjoy goofing with each other and laughing, and maybe it’s partly because I know Amy but just from their session, it was clear that these three like to laugh. When it comes to pictures, this is exactly what I want, I don’t want fake smiles, or fake…

Spring is finally here!! However, you might mistake it for fall with how cool it’s been. Now that it’s spring though, that means it’s a great time for family pictures to begin and we started our family sessions off with a couple that we photographed back in 2010… my first full year of doing wedding…

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